OCP Community broadens its impact to include standardizations, published best practices, and new metrics for sustainability

Study shows projected spend is expected to hit $36 billion by 2026

San Jose, CA - October 18, 2022 - The Open Compute Project Foundation (OCP), a collaborative community focused on bringing hyperscale innovations to everyone by redesigning data center facilities, hardware and embedded firmware technology to efficiently support the growing demands on compute infrastructure, announces today the results of an independent market impact assessment of the Open Compute Project, conducted by Omdia, part of Informa. This study, commissioned by OCP, analyzes the global adoption and impact of OCP-recognized equipment in the data center and telecommunications technology industries.

In 2022, Omdia interviewed OCP-recognized equipment vendors and their customers to supplement its ongoing discussions within the data center and telecommunications ecosystem, from server, power, network and rack vendors to silicon suppliers, colocation, cloud, communication providers and system integrators. Data obtained from these discussions were fed into Omdia’s proprietary bottom-up models.

Among the findings:

  • In 2021, spending on OCP-recognized equipment topped $18 billion, and is on track to reach $36 billion by 2026.
  • Networking is a bright spot for the OCP with the adoption of OCP-recognized switches and routers continuing to soar.
  • The adoption of non-edge server designs is decelerating in favour of modularity for server and switch components/building blocks.
  • During interviews, vendors highlighted demand from cloud SPs was the highest, followed by communication SPs, followed by financial/insurance, education and government.
  • The Open Edge server design appeals to a broad set of end users – from communication SPs to retailers.

"This is a very important time in the existence of the OCP as it gears up its Community-led activities to address critical challenges facing the industry. Key trends that continue to shape the market for the next decade include the movement of computation to the edge creating IT ecosystems, software workload specialization driving the need for composable silicon and designing for sustainability," comments Cliff Grossner, Ph.D, Vice President of Market Intelligence & Innovation for the Open Compute Project Foundation.

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About Open Compute Project Foundation (OCP)

At the core of the open compute project (OCP) is its community of hyperscale data center operators, joined by telecom and colocation providers and enterprise IT users, working with vendors to develop open innovations that when embedded in product are deployed from the cloud to the edge. The OCP Foundation is responsible for fostering and serving the OCP community to meet the market and shape the future, taking hyperscale led innovations to everyone. Meeting the market is accomplished through open designs and best practices, and with data center facility and IT equipment embedding OCP community developed innovations for efficiency, at-scale operations, and sustainability. Shaping the future includes investing in strategic initiatives that prepare the IT ecosystem for major changes, such as AI & ML, optics, advanced cooling techniques, and composable silicon.

Learn more at www.opencompute.org

About Omdia

Omdia is a global technology research organization, established following the merger of the research division of Informa Tech and the acquired IHS Markit technology research portfolio, Ovum, Tractica and Heavy Reading. We combine the expertise of more than 400 analysts across the entire technology spectrum covering 200 markets and publish over 3,000 research reports annually, reaching over 14,000 subscribers.

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